The low interest rate environment and demand for high-quality, short-duration paper continued to fuel demand for auto ABS and other consumer assets in September. The market absorbed $18 billion of new issuance through Sept. 17, according to a JPMorgan Securities report published on that date.

In another report published that same day, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said issuance has maintained a weekly average of $4 billion for the year to date, putting volumes at $146 billion, up 18% over 2011 volumes.

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